David Neufeld

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A Moment from Yesterday

February 12, 2020 | Opinion | Volume 24 Issue 4
Conrad Stoesz | Mennonite Heritage Archives
Photo: Mennonite Heritage Archives / David P. Neufeld Fonds

You can find all kinds of things in the archives, including humour.  In a report dated Jan. 25, 1963, Rev. David P. Neufeld wrote, “During the course of the last year I have come to sympathize with a man who was called to be the executive secretary of one of our larger denominations [U.S. Protestant Episcopal Bishop, Stephen F. Bayne Jr.]. . . . When asked how he felt about his new job, he commented, ‘I feel just like a mosquito that flew into a nudist camp. . . . I know what I ought to do, but I don’t know where to begin.’ ” In 1961, Neufeld (1919-1982) moved his family to Winnipeg, where he became the first executive secretary for the Conference of Mennonites in Canada.

For more historical photos in the Mennonite Archival Image Database, see archives.mhsc.ca.

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Photo: Mennonite Heritage Archives / David P. Neufeld Fonds

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